Photos by Bob Mischka
The Whippet CC teams got their feet wet and competed in their first 5000m race of the 2018 season under a mostly sunny sky and temperatures hovering around 80 degrees. The boys race was featured first and many runners did quite well given the difficulty of the UW-Whitewater course they call home. Trenten Zahn was the individual winner over 4-time defending alumni champion Brett Harms. Brett finished a fantastic cross country and track career at UW-Whitewater this spring and has enjoyed some much needed time away from intense training after 8 years of strong commitment to the sport. Trenten looked strong and steady in his first effort and cut significant time from his debut race last year as a freshman crossing the line in 18:56. Freshman Gio Anello was the team’s second runner and finished 3rd in 19:45. Junior Aidan Coburn, Senior Dan Trost, and Sophomore Will Hofmann rounded out the team score for the varsity as they beat the alumni team due to an incomplete score from the alumni. Jon Zimdars, Mark Schroeder, and Jack Downs also competed for the Whippet alumni.
Recent UW-Whitewater grad Liz Mielke took home her second alumni race title in 22:12. Nicole Tomomitsu was the team’s top finisher and second overall in 23:49. Junior Hailey Prager, Freshman Trinity Nickels, Sophomore Crystal Chan and Junior Jenna Lee solidified the team win for the varsity team as the alumni also had an incomplete team score on the women’s side. Alumnus Jen Taylor secured her top 3 finish crossing the line in 24:20.
Both programs had many new runners experience CC for the first time and will be looking to grow from their first experience as they travel to Verona for a large invite on Saturday, September 1st. The Whippets have two other home meets this season. The first is the Rock Valley Conference Championships on Thursday, October 11th followed by the WIAA Division 2 Sectional on Friday, October 19th. The road to the WIAA State Meet will go through Whitewater!
Dylan Pease handing off to Aldo Soto
Photos by Bob Mischka
East Troy was the big favorite in their most recent match, and for good reason. They blew past Whitewater45-13. That result is just more of the same for East Troy, who also won the last time these teams played.
The win bumped East Troy’s record up to 2-0. The loss dropped Whitewater’s record to 0-2.
Next week, East Troy take on Big Foot at 7:00 PM. As for Whitewater, they will face off against Clinton.
From Coach Gina Foucault:
A great first meet for the 2018 Girls Swim season! Bringing home the medals for our team were Junior Brianna Zimdars and Sophomores Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers and Amber Krebs. These girls combined to win four 1st place finishes – 4×100 IM Relay, 1000 Freestyle Crescendo Relay, 500 Freestyle Crescendo Relay and the 4×100 Backstroke Relay. In the 4×100 IM relay the girls finished 11 seconds in front of all the other relays. The 1000 Freestyle was another outstanding race with our girls beating the field by 27 seconds! Ella Houwers rocked the unusual 300 yard distance with a 3:07 split! The 500 Crescendo was a little more competitive, but their experience and year round training showed with the girls coming out on top. All four girls had nice splits on the 500 Crescendo Relay. In the 4×100 Backstroke relay the girls were able to put in solid times and beat the entire field by 7 seconds.
In addition to our medal winning relays, the entire Conference Relay team impressed with many times faster than their end of season times from last year. In our first race of the day Maddie Elworthy, Lizbeth Rodriguez, Lexi Hackney and Morgan Radaj raced hard winning the first heat by 7 seconds and beat 2 teams in the 2nd heat to finish in 7th place. Morgan Radaj finished the relay with a 26.91 in the 50 Freestyle anchor spot. These 4 swimmers combined again to swim the second event, the 200 Freestyle Relay. Maddie, Lexi, Lizbeth and Morgan combined four nice splits to break 2:00 minutes. Lydia Bols, Caroline Crowley, Ellie Treder and Mina Truesdale combined to swim the 4×100 IM Relay with great results. These four will definitely be counted on during the season as they are able to legally swim all four competitive strokes and are willing to race hard. Whitewater was the only school to enter a “B” or second relay in the 1000 Crescendo Relay. Lydia Bols, Raquel Ortiz, Brianna Staebler and Ellie Treder were willing to take on the long race and did an outstanding job racing. Brianna Staebler lost her goggles early in the race and did a good job finishing her 300 yards without them. It’s nice to have so many girls willing to take on the longer distances for our team. Our 200 Butterfly Relay team of Caroline Crowley, Brianna Staebler, Raquel Ortiz and Lexi Hackney finished in 7th place earning good points for our team. I am super excited to see how much these girls will improve this year. Our 500 Freestyle Crescendo Relay with Katya Morales, Mikael Schmit, Sarah Morales and Caroline Crowley took on the other long race and did well. Lydia Bols, Caroline Crowley, Mina Truesdale and Lizbeth Rodriguez combined to swim the 4×100 Breaststroke Relay with each starting the year off with very nice times. Mina posted a faster time than any of her times from last year! Rounding out our relays was the 400 Freestyle Relay of Lizbeth Rodriguez, Lexi Hackney, Maddie Elworthy and Morgan Radaj finishing in 8th place overall. All four posted great 1st meet times including a lifetime best from Morgan Radaj with a 1:00.39.
It was a great first meet for the girls and I can’t wait to see the whole team in action!
WHS #2 Singles player, Hannah Delaney, taken during the Columbus match. Photos by Bob Mischka
Photos by Bob Mischka
The Whitewater Girls’ Tennis Team finished a very busy week on Thursday, Aug. 23, with a 7-0 win over Ft. Atkinson. The win gave the team a 4-1 record for the week, and an 8-5 record overall.
Earlier in the week, the Whippets defeated Columbus 7-0 and then placed 2nd in the Delavan-Darien Quad with a 5-2 win over Waterford and a 7-0 win over Delavan-Darien. The championship match of the day saw the Whippets fall to Elkhorn 6-1.
This Monday, Whitewater begins conference play against defending conference champion, Jefferson. The match, scheduled to begin at 9 am, is in Jefferson.
Whitewater Individual Results: